A Place-Based Critical Pedagogy in Turbulent Times: Restoring Hope for Alternative Futures

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Critical Pedagogy in the 21st Century: A New Generation of Scholars, 2011, 1, pp. 23 - 52
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For the past 30 years, critical pedagogy has been at the center of efforts to construct social alternatives that are both credible and compelling. This has included creating new social contexts and encounters that value alternative meanings, knowledges and actions. After an initially enthusiastic reception in the 1970s and 1980s, the writings of scholars ill the field of critical pedagogy now tend to languish on bookshelves in academic libraries- despite provocative titles and eye-catching cover art. Linked to the rip tide of globalization and the postmodern turn, the changing fortunes of critical pedagogy have divided its political and intellectual forces into numerous sides, factions, and camps. Under the tutelage of the state, critical pedagogy has also become co-opted, domesticated, and fragmented, and thus, a weak force, divided (socially and ideologically) ill disciplinary situatedness, discourse and lines of specialization.
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